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An Irishman who left his job in commercial banking to set up a recycling business has been shortlisted for three prestigious awards in the UK.

Brendan O’Shea, from southwest Kerry, moved to London for a role in Commercial Banking straight after college.

He spent four years in Regent Street helping loans as high as £30m get over the line before he realised it wasn’t the career for him.

“I was always itching to do something different, to do something for the environment,” he told

“I got out of banking in 2007 just before the crash – which was more luck than design – and my colleagues at the time thought I was mad to leave such a successful job.”

Not 12 months later, Brendan’s old colleagues felt the impact of the financial downturn while his business ‘Just Clear’ was beginning to take off.

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